Poetry, Tale Africa

Leaving you again

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda:

I promised not to cry the next time I turned my back on you.

But I couldn’t help it.

I broke my heart in a million pieces and left them behind.

Am aching to watch your smile,

your beautiful innocent smile.

I miss the sound of your voice,

That maniacal laugh only you have.

The space where you lay just a moment ago is smooth and clear.

No trace of you remains.

You were trying so hard to be strong but instead I saw the pain;

Buried beneath a false facade of bravado and charisma.

You said it was ok but I saw the aching loneliness and fear.

It hurts so much to let you go but I know it has to be done.

I hope someday you will understand because I don’t.

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